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Old 02-19-2024, 08:24 AM   #1
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Basecamp door tieback

Hello Airstream Basecamp owners.

My wife and I just took home a brand new Basecamp 16X REI. I have looked online and watched a few videos to learn what extra support people do for their main entry and read hatch doors in wind or someone grabbing them and not knowing the hook is fragile.

The person giving us the training and walkthrough of our new Basecamp showed us and cautioned us that nominal force can pull the door retaining hooka out of the siding on the unit. A strong gust or person pulling to close the door can pull it out.

I wanted to learn if anyone has any strategies they have used to manually tie the doors back and how they did it. On the front one I can imagine a cord running to the trailer tongue or frame. On the rear there could be other ideas but I'm not sure what might work.

Rather than reinventing the wheel I thought I might ask if anyone has anything that works well for them

Thanks so much!

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Old 02-21-2024, 03:51 PM   #2
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Ok I got it. I took a piece of Paracord and a tent loop tensioner at one end. Then a small keychain caribiner at the other end. When I open the main door I hook the caribiner to the tongue frame and loop the other end around the interior door handle then tighten the loop. I still hook the small hook at the base but this gives me a Paracord tension to keep it open during strong gusts. It's windy here today so it works under these conditions. Same thing at the back but I connect it to the beater bars under the bottom.
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Old 02-21-2024, 04:50 PM   #3
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Bungee cord

I buy bungee cord by the roll, 1/8 diameter mostly. Was thinking of using a screw in tent stake and creating a loop in the cord to fit over the handle and a snap clip to attach it to the loop on top of the stake. Could be several variation, I use a lot of bungee and aircraft cable around our farm.
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Old 02-22-2024, 04:18 AM   #4
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Ok I got it. I took a piece of Paracord and a tent loop tensioner at one end. Then a small keychain caribiner at the other end. When I open the main door I hook the caribiner to the tongue frame and loop the other end around the interior door handle then tighten the loop. I still hook the small hook at the base but this gives me a Paracord tension to keep it open during strong gusts. It's windy here today so it works under these conditions. Same thing at the back but I connect it to the beater bars under the bottom.
Id love to see pictures of your fix for the doors.
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Old 02-25-2024, 06:25 PM   #5
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We took it out this weekend. Here are the tie backs
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Old 02-25-2024, 06:29 PM   #6
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Got them loaded correctly
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Old 02-26-2024, 04:10 AM   #7
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Thanks. The dealer made sure to caution us about those doors in windy conditions.
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Old 02-26-2024, 05:07 AM   #8
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Looks good

I like that, our tech cautioned us also on both doors in high winds, looks like a good fix. Thanks for the pics.
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